Kate Pankhurst, Alex Wharton, Piers Torday

Sponsored by ALCS and The Summerfield Trust

Thursday 4th November

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Meet some brilliant women scientists…

Spark poetic daydreams and rhyme with jellybeans…

Discover the magic of reading & the power of stories to change our world….

All this you can do when you join us for Stroud Book Festival’s Schools’ Day 2021!

We proudly present a day of events specially programmed for our local primary schools, and suitable for children across KS2.

We are delighted to welcome students to live events in The Sub Rooms once again this year. We do understand that some schools and students may not be able to join us in person, and thanks to the Summerfield Trust, we are delighted to offer schools the opportunity to join us virtually instead.

All Tickets: £4 per child per event

Digital only pass: £30 per class per event

To book tickets and for further information, please call our Box Office at the Sub Rooms: 01453 796880 or email 

NB You can book secure in the knowledge that if you need to cancel live tickets for any reason, we will offer a full refund or transfer your tickets to digital access.

9.30 – 10.30am



Years 3-5

Join illustrator, author and suffragette descendant Kate Pankhurst as she tells the stories of some of the incredible female scientists whose hard work and persistence changed our understanding of science and transformed people’s ideas of what women can do.

We’ll learn about Mae Jemison’s out-of-this-world story as the first African American woman in space; the lengths that Elizabeth Blackwell went to in order to become the first female doctor, and many, many more!  There will be drawing, there will be dressing up and most importantly, there will be lots of inspiration to change the world!

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11.30am – 12.30pm



Years 3-6

Join award-winning poet Alex Wharton for an event full of rhyme, rhythm and free verse as he reads from his new poetry collection, “Daydreams and Jellybeans” (illustrated by Katy Riddell) and also shares hints and tips for making poetry of your own.

Alex’s poems for primary age children are both funny and sensitive, promoting inclusion and nurturing a love of language, reading, confidence and self-expression.

So join us to fill your ears with wonderful words, celebrate the beauty of nature and the power of poetry to inspire!

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1.30 – 2.30pm



Years 4-6

Join award-winning author Piers Torday – also a leading voice on children’s books, reading and literacy – for a heartfelt and inspiring journey through storytelling, his writing career, and growing up with the magic of reading. In this captivating event, you’ll hear about Piers’ life as a young boy, and discover how he found joy in bedtime stories and family walks through the woods.

Piers will also tell us about his brand-new book, “The Wild Before, sequel to his bestselling “The Last Wild” series, which begins with quite possibly the bravest hare who ever lived.  Full of environmental themes, as well as friendship and hope, it celebrates the power of stories to change and help save our world.

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To book tickets, please call our Box Office at the Subs: 01453 796880

About our kind sponsors:

The Authors Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) is a not for profit organisation started by writers, for writers. It campaigns to ensure authors’ rights are recognised in the UK, the EU and internationally. It also produces a wealth of resources for schools which aim to educate young people about copyright: what it means, what it does, and how it benefits creators, readers and viewers. For further information see


Since the Summerfield Trust was established in 1989 it has paid more than £7 million in grants to good causes in Gloucestershire benefiting the arts, the natural heritage and environment, community projects, education, recreation and sport, and the vulnerable and disadvantaged. The Trust is delighted to support bringing Stroud Book Festival’s Schools Day to any school who wishes to attend online. For further information



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